ArtFrenzy: A Rockaway Showcase!
By Gary G. Toms
Are you ready Rockaway? Something big is coming to the area, and it’s called ArtFrenzy. The event, which is slated to take place the weekend of June 8 and 9, will feature food, music, arts and crafts, acting, singing and dance performances, just to name a few. The Queens Council on the Arts developed it with assistance from a number of companies and/or corporate sponsors.
Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, the Executive Director of QCA, has taken the lead in organizing the event and pulling people and groups on board in order to make ArtFrenzy an enormous success.
"This will be a phenomenal opportunity for the many different creative talents in Rockaway to showcase what they do. If you’re a painter, writer, craftsperson, dancer or some type of performer, this will be your chance to market yourself to the Rockaway community," said Krakauer.
The event is tentatively scheduled to take place at Gateway National Park, in Fort Tilden, but that may be subject to change due to a policy of the park that allows for the sale of food on the site, but not the sale of crafts.
"We hope that we can reach some type of compromise with the Parks Department. This is an important event, and it would be a shame if we could not have the event in the Park," stated the QCA representative.
A number of local organizations, community leaders and politicians have joined in the effort to get ArtFrenzy off the ground. Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer has been instrumental in getting work cranes and other machinery from Ground Zero to be prominently displayed at ArtFrenzy.
"We wanted to find a way to pay tribute to the men and women working at Ground Zero, as well as those who lost their lives. Having this equipment there will serve as a moving tribute," she continued.
The QCA has been contacted by various media outlets, such as Conde Naste, the leading publisher of periodicals in the country, The Daily News, NY1, Queens Public Television (QPTV), ABC and others, to express their interest in covering the event. Some of the early morning talk shows have made pitches to take part in ArtFrenzy, and the Rockaway Weather Station plans to set up and do a live radio broadcast of the event, which will be heard all over the world.
"Our goal is not to just put the local talent on display, but the entire Rockaway area and its people. The event will bring people from all over, and it will serve as an impetus to have the City give us the goods and services we need to grow and prosper," Krakauer noted.
There is still time to sign up for ArtFrenzy if you would like to participate. You can request a Participation Form by phoning QCA at (718) 647-3377, or by faxing them at (718) 647-5036. The organization can also be reached at their website, www.queenscouncilarts.org.